(SFR) Time for a new FFing vehicle

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by troutpocket, Mar 9, 2007.

  1. Jon Borcherding

    Jon Borcherding New Member

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    Whoa.... 15 posts and not one rant about buying American!!! I guess I'll just wrap myself in the flag and go sulk in the corner.
    JonB
     
  2. Longs for Cutts

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    I have a 2005 Forester. No problems at 25,000 miles save that the car doesn't have any juice. I have to downshift to cross mountain passes my old Pontiac Grand Am GT (four-cyl stick) could eat for breakfast. The Subi is also the normally-aspirated four cylinder with a stick. MPG varies wildly --from 22 in the cold in town to over 31 in moderate weather at 60-65 on straight prairie highways. Note that I am VERY easy on the gas --I would routinely get 34-38 true mpg with my Grand Am-- so your mileage might be less. If there's any chance you'll be towing a boat, look elsewhere.

    If I had the cast, I'd look at the Ford Escape Hybrid. Mileage in the high 20s, enough power to tow a small boat, and enough ground clearance to do fine on anything that could remotely be called a road.
     
  3. Kevin J. Burnham

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    Rod, Sounds like you live in Ballard so I would imagine that parking and I'm thinking of overall size of the vehicle would be an improtant thing. My wife has owned 2 legacy wagons and loved them. One she had for years and had I think around 200,000 when we got another rig. We never had a problem with ours but that was just our experience though. My in-laws have had problems with the one they own it's a 2003. For the size I think the MPG isn't that good but if size and offroad is improtant to you it may be a good choice for you. I have a Toyo P/U that I drive to work and have 175,000 on and have only had to change fuel pumps and the regular oil change. It has been a flawless rig. It's a 1988 and still looks new and runs great. I made the change over to a Dsl. truck a couple of years ago and consider it the best thing I ever did but if size matters then stay small.
     
  4. Sloan Craven

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    Ok Ok Ok.. No one I know has had good things to say about the subarus other than they "think they are cool".

    I have heard goos things abou the Ford Escape hybrid though. Can't go wrong with going green.
     
  5. Chris Puma

    Chris Puma hates waking up early

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    i have an outback...

    it's great. it's a real simple car. don't expect any thrills in driving it.

    the trunk space is huge! i put a dog bed in there for my lab. she's got a doggie condo.

    the subaru is small enough where i can still park it easily in the city.

    that was my biggest consideration in buying a car.

    just make sure you get true 4 wheel drive or all-wheel drive. a lot of cheaper suvs claim to have 4 wheel drive but it's basically responsive all wheel drive (pretty useless).

    i'd look into the Nissan xTerra. i don't know why i didn't test drive it.
     
  6. Dan Soltau

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    What are you talkin about? I dont know a single subaru owner who isnt proud of the sheer funtionality of the car, 5 inches of snow is no problem. When it was snowing like a mother I was the only person I know who could drive without studs, even 4x4 trucks were stuck then...
     
  7. Sloan Craven

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    Maybe we don't know the same people.
     
  8. SpokaneFisherman

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    I'm gonna go against the grain here and say <strong>Element hands down</strong>.... if you can get past the looks.
     
  9. Dan Soltau

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    My boss has an element, he hunts and fishes all the time out of it and e loves it.
     
  10. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Well I have a older Subara wagon,'92. I never wash it and it is now a good two tone color. Light brown on the bottom and a dark gray on the top. I take this piece of shit everywhere. It gets me there and back. Only problem I have with it is sometimes I take it where you can't get out without a tow truck.. It also serves me as a traveling motel and holds a ton of gear. And gets 28 miles to the gallon. And is paid for.

    Jim
     
  11. Roper

    Roper Idiot Savant

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    My wife's car is a '98 Forester, we bought it new and it's been a great car. Goes well in the snow and rain due to AWD. It is roomier than the Outbacks as it's "boxier" and the windows aren't so close.

    You could car camp with it, but I wouldn't want to sleep in it, too short. We use the F-150 for sleeping in with the canopy on.

    We've had 98K trouble free miles, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one...
     
  12. Stew McLeod

    Stew McLeod aka BigMac

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    One word .. Ford,
    one letter F
    three numbers 150
     
  13. Ringlee

    Ringlee Doesn't care how you fish Moderator

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    I am another outback owner. It is an awesome fishing car. I would highly recomend looking at these cars.
    Chris
     
  14. Kaari White

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    You guys are completely delusional. There is nothing cool about a subaru. Yeah they're functional.... Wow...super.. boring. Lezbaru. :rofl:
     
  15. Kevin J. Burnham

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    Your right ! Functional yes !! Fishing Vehicle yes!! Fishing rig No !!!